Basic Travel Workouts For Everyone from Go Bare Studio
In our interview with Go Bare Studio's Shawnte, she shares a healthy cookie recipe with us, how she got into fitness as a career, healthy eating tips, and basic travel workouts that everyone can do.
How did you decide to start an exercise studio?
After teaching at a local studio for almost 4 years I realized I could reach more people in my own space that was a little more quiet, a lot less crowded and much more comfortable for those who don't like the feeling of a "gym". This also allowed me to have more personal relationships with my clients which I found extremely helpful in guiding them toward their health and fitness
2. When was the first time your started to workout and why?
I grew up in a household where exercise wasn't optional! By the time I was 11 or 12 years old I was already on a workout schedule...100 pushups and 300 squats three times a week and often went for runs with my dad. My dad felt very strongly about us being healthy and fit. At the time I really didn't enjoy these workouts but now my favorite two exercises are pushups and squats!
3. What are basic workouts everyone can do daily to stay in shape from home or while traveling?
Pushups and squats! With both of these exercises you can work many different muscles at one time. In a proper pushup whether done on toes or knees, the core is fully engaged, chest, arms, back, shoulders and triceps are working and if you squeeze inner thighs and glutes together you really turn it into a full body exercise. With squats it's important to remember that while it seems like just a leg/glute exercise, it too starts with a strong, fully engaged core. In a proper squat the abs are pulled in which supports the lower back. Chest stays lifted, again requiring those strong abs and then with each squat you can feel the thighs and bottom burn! With a slight turnout of the toes you can activate inner thighs. With both pushups and squats there are so many little adjustments you can make to maximize the effectiveness and productivity of each exercise. I love them!
4. Do you have any healthy eating tips?
Clean. It sounds too basic but it really is that simple. Keep your diet basic. Try not to overthink it. You want to eat whole foods that are nutrient rich and eat consistently throughout the day so you never feel like you're starving.
5. Do you have a favorite healthy recipe you can share with us?
I make these cookies that I call Power Cookies and they are delicious for breakfast, lunch or a snack!
1/3 c nut butter of choice
1/3 c maple syrup
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 ripe avocado, mashed
1 c rolled oats
1/2 c almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
dark chocolate chips - as many as you like!
Mix all ingredients and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
6. What do you do for exercise daily?
Abs and buns!! If I don't have time for a full workout I always make sure to do some sort of ab workout and something for my butt!
7. Any tips for people who do not like to workout?
For me working out is fun and comes easily. Eating, on the other hand, is much more challenging for me. I try to remind myself of this when it comes to food and I tell my clients this when it comes to exercise...it's not something we have to do, it's something we get to do! And we all know that doing it make us feel better, look better and live healthier. We all have the ability to do some form of exercise and with so many types of exercise available to us there is something for even those who don't enjoy working out! Be patient, keep trying different workouts, pick a workout buddy or make a really good playlist...just don't give up and try to have fun with it.